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Doctor insights on: Getting Off The Pill Ovarian Cysts

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Is it possible to get an ovarian cyst on the pill?

Is it possible to get an ovarian cyst on the pill?

Yes: Cysts can form at any time, though less likely when using birth control pills. These pills suppress ovulation in most women but many women may still ovulate. After ovulation that follicle can stay around and become a cyst. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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I have had an ovarian cyst for 3 months and was taking the pill when I got it. I stopped taking the pill 2 days ago. Will this make my cyst worse?

I have had an ovarian cyst for 3 months and was taking the pill when I got it. I stopped taking the pill 2 days ago. Will this make my cyst worse?

Unlikely: Depending on it's size you may want to watch it closely, but it is as likely to go away as to get worse. Since it developed in spite of being on the pill it is not likely to act differently simply because you are now off of the pill. ...Read more

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I have an ovarian cyst and was place on BC. I still have typically cyst symptoms even while on the pill. Is this normal?

I have an ovarian cyst and was place on BC. I still have typically cyst symptoms even while on the pill. Is this normal?

Usually resolve: It is normal for a small cyst to develop on the ovaries from time to time. Ovarian cysts are quite common in women during their reproductive years and may be a single cyst or many cysts. Most cysts are benign and only require monitoring. Most are cysts which develops from tissue that changes in the normal process of ovulation. They usually disappear within 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it normal to just spot once in the pill free week with no bleeding on the first month of the pill? Was given bc for ovarian cysts.

Is it normal to just spot once in the pill free week with no bleeding on the first month of the pill? Was given bc for ovarian cysts.

Yes: Your periods will usually be light on the pill. It is perfectly normal. It is possible some months just to spot or even have no period at all. Of course, if you have no period at all, get a pregnancy test just to make sure you're not pregnant. ...Read more

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I've gained weight since turning 40. It's as if my metabolism completely shut down. I'm on the pill for ovarian cysts, can this be the culprit?

I've gained weight since turning 40. It's as if my metabolism completely shut down. I'm on the pill for ovarian cysts, can this be the culprit?

Definitly not: Ovarian cysts do not cause weight gain or slowing of the metabolism. Perhaps you are thinking of polycystic ovarian syndrome where weight gain and slow metabolism cause the ovary to exhibit typical finding of multiple small 1 cm cysts. These cysts are a result not the cause. ...Read more

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My 16 yr old daughter found out today that she has a 7 CM ovarian cyst. (on the pill) she can barely move from the pain! What do we do?

My 16 yr old daughter found out today that she has a 7 CM ovarian cyst. (on the pill) she can barely move from the pain! What do we do?

See gynecologist!: 7 cm cysts are usually benign but may need surgery due to size. Pain can be due to "torsion" or twisting of the blood supply to the ovary, risking the health of that ovary. The pain can be from the size of the ovary or partial rupture. Surgery does not necessarily require removal of the ovary but could be only removal of the cyst. ...Read more

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I'm on my first month of LoEstrin Fe to dissolve an ovarian cyst. I'm on day 22 of my normal cycle but day 11 of the pill. I'm spotting. Normal?

I'm on my first month of LoEstrin Fe to dissolve an ovarian cyst. I'm on day 22 of my normal cycle but day 11 of the pill. I'm spotting. Normal?

Can be: Normally we like to start pill on first day of period, but not always practical. The dose of the pill may not be high enough to offset your body's normal cycle and that could explain the spotting. The pill may blunt your normal period resulting in less bleeding than normal. I am assuming your gyn doctor recommending several cycles of pill. If issue continues, discuss with them. Change pill? ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with hpv, I have persistent ovarian cysts and take birth control. Should I take a break from the pill? Scared of infertility

I was diagnosed with hpv, I have persistent ovarian cysts and take birth control. Should I take a break from the pill? Scared of infertility

No: Birth control pills do not cause infertility, so you do not need to discontinue them for that reason. If there are other reasons then you should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you still get ovarian cysts when you are on birth control pills?

Can you still get ovarian cysts when you are on birth control pills?

Yes!: 20% of women on the pill may ovulate while still not getting pregnant. Ovulation is preceded by a small cyst that will release the egg. ...Read more

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I get cramps while taking pills and irregular bleeding. Could it be endometriosis or ovarian cyst?

I get cramps while taking pills and irregular bleeding. Could it be endometriosis or ovarian cyst?

Yes and no: If by pills you mean birth control pills, then sometimes they can not help with irregular bleeding, they don't typically cause irregular bleeding separately. Endometriosis can definitely cause irregular bleeding, but birth control pills are used to treat it. Ovarian cyst, unless a cyst that makes estrogen typically doesn't cause bleeding. ...Read more

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If I'm not on birth control, I get large painful ovarian cysts. My OBGYN says to stay on pill, but is that safe long term? Should I get a 2nd opinion?

If I'm not on birth control, I get large painful ovarian cysts. My OBGYN says to stay on pill, but is that safe long term? Should I get a 2nd opinion?

Very safe: Birth control pills have lots of non-contraceptive benefits that are seldom discussed. They decrease the risk of anemia and non-cancerous breast lumps as well as the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer and are considered safe until age 35 even in smokers unless you have other risk factors. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cyst, and past 15 days I m on contraceptive pills. Can I expect to get pregnant this cycle? Can I ovulate?

I have ovarian cyst, and past 15 days I m on contraceptive pills. Can I expect to get pregnant this cycle? Can I ovulate?

Ovarian cyst: If you are using ocp your are not suppose to get pregnant or unless you don't take them as prescribed. There is no method that is 100% effective, and that includes the pill. Ovarian cysts can come from multiple causes. Did you start taking the pill the first sunday after your period? Is this a new condition or have you had this cyst for a long time? ...Read more

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How do you know my ovarian cyst is functional cyst with one Ultrasound? I worry since my period and bleeding get heavier. Was on pill but quit lately

How do you know my ovarian cyst is functional cyst with one Ultrasound? I worry since my period and bleeding get heavier. Was on pill but quit lately

Repeat sonogram: Repeat sono after next period. Functional cyst should disappear. It is not unusual for period to become heavier after you stop the Pill ...Read more

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8m ago had a ruptured ovarian cyst, was put on a high hormone pill, 1month ago found another one, dr says ovary is immune to pill, can I still get preg?

8m ago had a ruptured ovarian cyst, was put on a high hormone pill, 1month ago found another one, dr says ovary is immune to pill, can I still get preg?

Cysts and pregnancy: Yes, women with past histories of ovarian cysts do become pregnant. If you are diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), treatment with metformin can help fertility. ...Read more

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How long do you have to take birth control pills for the ovarian cyst to go away and get pregnant?

How long do you have to take birth control pills for the ovarian cyst to go away and get pregnant?

1-2 months: Bcps stop the functioning of the ovary as they become the source of hormones for the body. This allows the cyst to regress in 1-2 months. ...Read more

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I continue to get ovarian cysts when on a different continuous birth control pills year round for endometriosis. Last one was serous cystedoma. Could changing birth control pills potentially help.

I continue to get ovarian cysts when on a different continuous birth control pills year round for endometriosis. Last one was serous cystedoma. Could changing birth control pills potentially help.

Probably not: It is unlikely the changing birth control pills will prevent the recurring ovarian cysts. If you know that the last cyst was a cyst adenoma you are probably being followed by a gynecologist. ...Read more

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What should I do about my ovarian cyst I'm taking on birth control pills my menstrual cycl I really want to know because I real I want to get pregnant?

See an OB/GYN: Issues of this nature are best answered on an individual basis after a full assessment by a professional. If you are trying to become pregnant it will also be helpful to establish a relationship with an obstetrician to help manage your pregnancy and delivery. ...Read more

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What should I do about my ovarian cyst I'm taking on birth control pills my menstrual cycle I really want to know because I real I want to get pregnant?

What should I do about my ovarian cyst I'm taking on birth control pills my menstrual cycle I really want to know because I real I want to get pregnant?

Discuss with Gynecol: Ovarian cysts do not cause any problem with your menstrual cycle and do not cause you not to be pregnant.
Treatment of ovarian cyst depends on the size and any associated symptoms. I will suggest you discuss your concerns with your gynecologist as he/she can answer your question. ...Read more

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What is the cause of Hemorrhagic ovarian cysts? Ovulation? If I'm on pill, do I get it?

What is the cause of Hemorrhagic ovarian cysts? Ovulation? If I'm on pill, do I get it?

Hemorrhagic ovaries: The usual cause of these type of cysts is ovulation. If you're on BCP's (you don't ovulate), and you shouldn't have the problem. ...Read more

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Can the abortion pill cause ovarian cysts?

Can the abortion pill cause ovarian cysts?

No: The morning after pill and pills used for medical abortions are not associated with ovarian cyst formation. ...Read more

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Is that possible to have ovarian cyst or cancer while I'm on Pill? I have thought OC reduces the risk.

Is that possible to have ovarian cyst or cancer while I'm on Pill? I have thought OC reduces the risk.

Possible: Ovarian cysts are quite common and often harmless. Pill does not prevent the development of ovarian cancer, even if it may help in reducing the incidence on a population basis. ...Read more

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Ovarian cyst and Stress. Are they related? Any way to prevent or grow cyst? I'm on pill for that but anything other?

Ovarian cyst and Stress. Are they related? Any way to prevent or grow cyst? I'm on pill for that but anything other?

Not related: There is no known relationship between stress and an ovarian cyst. Birth control pills can help decrease the frequency of cyst formation but do not help one already present go away. ...Read more

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Found septated ovarian cysts, 1.5cm and 4.5cm. Recurrence. Been taking pills since last surgery for removing endometrioma. Anything serious to worry?

Found septated ovarian cysts, 1.5cm and 4.5cm. Recurrence. Been taking pills since last surgery for removing endometrioma. Anything serious to worry?

No: Given your age, this is probably of low concern. Assuming you are not experiencing pain, I would follow these with ultrasound. If stable and not changing, you could consider doing nothing. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how to decrease size of ovarian cyst? Maybe endometrioma. I wanna try everything I can do before having another surgery. Am on pill.

Could you tell me how to decrease size of ovarian cyst? Maybe endometrioma. I wanna try everything I can do before having another surgery. Am on pill.

Patience: Stay on the pill and give it time. If this is a "functional" cyst, it will go away over the course of a couple cycles. Stay on the pill in the meantime - you are doing everything right. ...Read more

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My dr gave me antib's and pain pills for a ruptured ovarian cyst. Is that normal?

My dr gave me antib's and pain pills for a ruptured ovarian cyst. Is that normal?

Yes and no: Yes for the pain pills, no for the abx. There may be another reason for the abx. Please ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A growth (often balloon like) on an ovary. It is often thin walled ...Read more